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Women Representatives and Political Empowerment: Study of women Representatives in Panchayati Raj Institutions

Author Affiliations

  • 1Yashwantrao Chavan School of Rural Development, Shivaji University, Kolhapur, MS India

Int. Res. J. Social Sci., Volume 5, Issue (5), Pages 6-9, May,14 (2016)


Women constituting around a half of population in a country like India. Development of any country is not possible without contribution of whole population. In India still half of our population is engaged in household activities. For overall growth of the nation it is expected that women should contribute in social, economic, cultural and political wings. To improve their political participation 73rd amendment in constitution has given reservation of one third of total seats in local self-governance. Now day’s women are having a 50% reservation in the Panchayati Raj Institutions (Local Self Governance). The reason behind giving this constitutional right to women is to increase their political participation in local government especially in decision making. Though constitution provided the rights to them rights are seen on paper only. It is again the question that is they enjoying these constitutional rights or somebody else using the same rights. So the present study has made to know the influence of relatives in political career of women representatives and to assess the performance of women representatives in Panchayat Raj System. Present study has conducted in Palus Taluka of Sangli district in Maharashtra. Primary data which was the base of study which has been collected by using interview schedule as a tool for data collection. Present study conducted on 30 samples from three tiers of Panchayati Raj i.e. Grampanchayat, Panchayat Samiti and Zilla Parishad. Stratified sampling technique was adopted to select samples from all the three tiers of the Panchayati Raj. Present paper argues that still the women representatives in Panchayati Raj Institutions are influenced by the family member. The political decisions have been taken by the other family members. It is important to know the problem regarding to their performance then only we can find the remedy for the same.


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